The WAFP externship gave me a unique opportunity to learn how the WAFP is involved in Family Medicine issues around the state. While at the office I was able to sit in on many different committee meetings and see the variety of ways WAFP is involved, from legislative advocacy to payment reform education to “Joy in Practice” issues. My project in the office allowed me to put together a reference sheet of positions the WAFP has taken in the last few years, so I learned specifically where they stand and why they advocate for specific issues.
The clinical rotations gave me the opportunity to learn from some exceptional WAFP members. From observing deliveries, to putting in stitches, or routine medication adjustments, I was able to see the broad scope of family medicine and look forward to my continued medical training. Likewise, I observed a variety of practice structures from large systems to small private groups. I would like to thank the WAFP for the great opportunity to work with them this summer. -Joseph Mueller, UW, 2016